You’re probably well aware of what your home’s air conditioner looks like. However, these are only designed to cool your house. However, not all air conditioning units are the same, and when it comes to cooling a large commercial structure like a warehouse or multi-story complex, that same unit isn’t going to cut it. Commercial air conditioning options are designed to rapidly cool much higher volumes of air and distribute it over a wider area. This means they will use a lot more electricity than your typical home unit, but the ability to cool a large space quickly may actually save you money in the long run by keeping your building at a comfortable and controlled temperature.
Let’s take a look at the different types of commercial air conditioning units and find out which one is right for your business.
Single Split Air Conditioning
These are perhaps the most affordable type of air conditioning due to their small size and ease of installation. These are almost identical to the small split systems you find in your home, and provide temperature control for individual rooms, but some larger units may be able to cool larger spaces as well. This gives them a great amount of flexibility, and they’re also extremely easy to service. When one unit breaks down and needs repaired or replaced, the rest of the units in your building will stay running without issue. No more worrying about the air conditioner blowing out and your entire office stewing in heat.
However, the downside to single-split systems is that each unit must have an outdoor unit for every indoor system. Because of their small size and efficiency with smaller spaces, these units are generally best-suited to small businesses, such as shops and cafés. However, large office buildings with lots of window space and many smaller offices can also benefit from these systems.
Multi-Split Air Conditioning
Multi-split systems are similar to single-splits, only they have the advantage of connecting multiple indoor cooling units to a single outdoor unit. Having fewer outdoor units is a much better option if you’re trying to preserve a building’s outward appearance or lack the space to install dozens of different units. However these systems also offer another distinct advantage to building owners: the ability to choose different types of indoor units and connect them to the same outdoor one. This gives you the flexibility to choose between wall-mounted, floor, or ceiling solutions for your interior.
This does come at a cost however: these units are more expensive and do require a considerably higher amount of work to install. Plus, if the outdoor unit has a problem, every unit connected to it also suffers. Medium-size buildings like restaurants, offices, doctor’s offices, larger shops, and even smaller warehouses all might find this an attractive option.
VRF/VRV Air Conditioning
VRF stands for “variable refrigerant flow,” while VRV stands for “variable refrigerant volume.” And believe it or not, there’s no difference between the two; Daikin simply owns the trademark to the “variable refrigerant volume” name so they’re the only ones allowed to produce it. These systems work by collecting and exchanging heat inside and outside a building to provide heating and cooling in a remarkably efficient manner. There are two primary types of these units: heat recovery and heat pump. Heat pump systems are capable of providing either heat or cooling to a large area at any given time, making them ideal for areas with large, open floorplans. Heat recovery units are capable of providing both heat and air conditioning at the same time in different spaces, making them idea for buildings with lots of individually controlled smaller rooms.
These systems are by far the most efficient option for extremely large applications, like hotels, retail spaces, large offices, mixed-use buildings, and large warehouses.
Chilled Water & Condenser Water
Chilled water & Condenser water systems are another option in large warehouse, office, industrial and institutional buildings. The upfront costs of a chilled water systems in these large applications is appealing to most owners. However the efficiency and maintenance costs compared to the VRF are considerably more. However, chilled water systems typically have redundancy and if engineered properly can easily be added onto. These hydronic systems for heating and cooling are very popular and currently make up a majority of the large/ heavy commercial market.
Want to know more about commercial heating and cooling options? Call the Central Florida commercial air conditioning experts at Del-Air Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing! We have over 400 fully stocked trucks and a large, dedicated team of highly-trained technicians to help you get your business’s air conditioning system up and running quickly. We completely guarantee your satisfaction with our work, and we even offer emergency services so we can fix your problem outside business hours to minimize interruptions and workflow. We work with each of the types of commercial air units listed here, and can provide you with everything from minor repairs to major replacements to full-service maintenance programs to keep you and your employees comfortable and happy.
Contact Del-Air Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing today at 855-972-9943 to schedule your service appointment!